Eric Hoffer Quotes


83 Eric Hoffer quotes:



"Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of"
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Achievement Quotes
"The birth of the new constitutes a crisis, and its mastery calls for a crude and simple cast of mind -- the mind of a fighter -- in which the virtues of tribal cohesion and fierceness and infantile credulity and malleability are paramount. Thus every new beginning recapitulates in some degree man's first beginning."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Birth Quotes Novelty Quotes
"Creativity is discontent translated into arts"
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Creativity Quotes
"Old age equalizes - we are aware that what is happening to us has happened to untold numbers from the beginning of time. When we are young we act as if we were the first young people in the world."
"Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Conformity Quotes
"It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and civilizations --past and present --are often incomprehensible to outsiders, but the individual's hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have remained unchanged through the millennia."
"Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Kindness Quotes
"There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people - we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size."
"The only index by which to judge a government or a way of life is by the quality of the people it acts upon. No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion- it is an evil government."
"With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Eyes Quotes
"The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Freedom Quotes
"Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. Thus a feeling of utter unworthiness can be a source of courage."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Fear Quotes
"We find it hard to apply the knowledge of ourselves to our judgment of others. The fact that we are never of one kind, that we never love without reservations and never hate with all our being cannot prevent us from seeing others as wholly black or white."
"Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Leadership Quotes
"The intellectuals and the young, booted and spurred, feel themselves born to ride us"
"The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Sacrifice Quotes
"They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor."
"The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future."
Author: Hoffer Quotes Category: Power Quotes
"There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive."
"Animals often strike us as passionate machines."



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